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Is PR Dropping the Ball? Majority of Reporters Say They Are Unhappy with Press Materials and Lack of Quality Content for Stories

 

Journalists Are Likely to Ignore a Pitch that Contains No Graphics

According to a recent survey, an overwhelming number of journalists and media professionals are unhappy with how they are approached by corporate communications, resulting in working longer hours and increased frustration. The survey, conducted by content distribution and tracking platform ISEBOX.com, revealed that journalists are having to work harder and produce more in order to make a living—but their needs are not being met by most PR professionals or technology solutions.

According to the newly released survey of North American journalists and media professionals, 68% of journalists feel that their job has become more difficult in the last 5 years—which is in stark contrast to the recent technology advancements that were intended to accelerate workflows. Of these new technologies, few have been developed to facilitate mass distribution of content in a way that is easily accessible and centralized for media professionals—resulting in scattered and often inaccessible story-related content.

In spite of these obstacles, survey results show that 52% of journalists are producing at least 5 articles per week, with almost 20% producing over 11 articles per week. Of the articles published, 75% include multimedia content. Of the more than 20 pitches the majority of journalists receive each week, most do not include multimedia content, resulting in journalists spending additional time to track it down themselves.

“There seems to be a major gap between what reporters need, and how corporate communications are providing these needs,” said Salvatore Salpietro, CTO of ISEBOX.com, in a news release. “There is increasing pressure to gain earned media coverage by corporate communications and public relations teams, yet they are still making the process very difficult for media to access content and put together a story by using things like FTP, email, locked-down websites and manual requests—all of these are enthusiasm-killers.”

Regarding delivery of multimedia content to journalists, the most popular method is still via email, in spite of commonplace restrictions on file size attachments, followed by Dropbox and actual physical mailing of digital media, such as USB keys and hard drives. When gathering and collecting content, 80% of reporters expressed frustration in needing to spend more than 30 minutes doing so. Nonetheless, 80% of journalists feel including photos, infographics or video is very important to creating effective and engaging content.

“If a pitch doesn’t contain graphics I can include with my article, it’s hard for me to take it on. Even better if there is a video. I am under strict deadlines to produce at least 5-7 articles a day, and visual content is always required. Wasting hours sourcing and editing a company’s logo or media content to accompany a post is something I literally cannot afford. When a pitch comes with everything attached, no cumbersome downloads, I want to hug that PR rep. And, I’m more likely to pick up on the next release from them, too,” said Karen Fratti, freelance writer and frequent contributor for Mediabistro andHuffington Post.

Source; Bulldog Reporter

Sophie Dee heads to Houston, Texas

ULTRA CURVY ADULT STAR SOPHIE DEE TO HEADLINE VIVID LIVE IN HOUSTON FROM APRIL 9-11 

Sophie Dee, the curvy brunette adult star with the big blue eyes, will perform at Houston’s Vivid Live gentlemen’s club from April 9-11. Vivid Live is a licensee of the world’s leading adult film company, Vivid Entertainment, and is located at 2618 Winrock Blvd. just off Westheimer Rd. in Houston’s Briargrove area.

Born in Llanelli, South Wales, Sophie moved to England to attend school.  She later finished her studies in Wales and upon graduation held a variety of jobs ranging from working in a cafe to being a door-to-door saleswoman.

Sophie eventually became an exotic dancer which led to her being offered a job as a nude model for the outrageous UK tabloid newspaper The Daily Sport.  She appeared as its “Page 3” girl and later moved to California to launch her career in adult films. “I couldn’t have picked a better job,” she says.

Sophie captured the title of Miss FreeOnes and was selected as a VNA Girl in addition to being nominated by AVN for Best Pornstar Website and Mainstream Star of the Year 2015. She recently starred in two indie horror movies, Theater of Derange and Untimely Demise.

Guests at Vivid Live enjoy a complimentary gourmet buffet from 5-8 pm and there is a free breakfast on Thursday through Saturday from 2-4 am. The multi-level, 12,000 sq. ft. club features a new state-of-the-art light show, hot DJs, lavish new furnishings, three stages on the main floor and another in the VIP bar, plus a Champagne Room, Private Dance Room and Sky Boxes.

 

Tori Black’s Directorial Debut for ArchAngel Streets Friday

Tori Black has done it all from being one of the most sought after and awarded performers in Adult to being crowned a Penthouse Pet in 2008. Now, she can add ArchAngel director to her resume—Kendra Lust’s showcase movie “True Lust” marks her directorial debut and it streets this Friday, March 27th. Artfully shot, yet sexy and gritty as hell, the film features Kendra in a variety of scenes including a three-way girl scene, her taking on two guys, and her having a man and woman at the same time. “True Lust” also stars Annika Albrite, Dani Daniels, and ArchAngel contract stars Jada Stevens and Remy LaCroix.

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“’True Lust’ was an amazing way to start my directing career,” says Tori Black. “From an incredible new company to strong and beautiful talent, I was destined to knock this one out and end up on top. A huge shout-out to ArchAngel for having faith in me, MimeFreak for always having my back, Losdee for shooting some beautiful work, and of course, Miss Kendra Lust for being on fire!”

“We always have the best talent and directors, and Tori is no exception,” says General Manager and Director MimeFreak. “She did an amazing job with her first movie and we expect even more greatness from her in the future.”

“True Lust” will definitely be a contender during awards season and the trailer can be seen exclusively on ArchAngel’s site at http://archangelvideo.com/true-lust/ .

ABOUT ARCHANGEL PRODUCTIONS

Archangel might be the newest adult studio on the block, but they are changing the face of the industry, and are definitely one to keep your eye on. Archangel is bringing back showcasing of girls, and bold solo covers. Their scenes feature hot sex with a twist and are artfully shot. Archangel is also setting the standard with the reinvention of contract girls and have exclusives with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Jada Stevens and Remy LaCroix. Directors MimeFreak, Tori Black and Losdee have signed on and more names will be added to their directorial roster.

Their official website, archangelvideo.com, has launched as a blog and will soon be a spectacular paysite. Go behind the scenes by reading Mime Freak’s blog, http://themimefreak.com/, and keep up with everything ArchAngel by following them on Twitter at @arch_angel_xxx and liking the company Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/ArchAngelVideo .

 

MALLcom Announces AdultDVD.com Website Is Up for Sale

Online adult superstore MALLcom has put its AdultDVD.com website up for sale. The company notes that the discount DVD retail site currently generates over six figures in monthly revenue with zero advertising dollars spent. MALLcom is looking for interest from the highest bidder.

“Adult retail has treated me very well over the years, and continues to do so!,” said Jerry Aroni, president of MALLcom Corp. “People are still buying DVDs in droves. We currently ship up to 500 orders a day. Adult toys, condoms, lubes, etc., are also selling better than ever before! After 20 years in business, I’m now looking forward to a couple of years of traveling and enjoying my success with my family.”

MALLcom previously sold its domain Pornstar.com for a hefty sum, and expects that AdultDVD.com will fetch a robust price as well.

AdultDVD.com boasts a database of 450,000 customers that has been growing since its inception in 1998 with practically no advertising costs. Containing the popular keyword “adult” and an original .com suffix, AdultDVD.com is a desirable domain for competitors in the online adult space.

“I appreciate the support from everyone in this industry,” Aroni said. “I know the right company will want to make this purchase.”

Interested parties may contact May Friedman at may@prodeast.com.

Oregon judge: taking photos up girl’s skirt not illegal

An Oregon judge has acquitted a 61-year-old man who admitted taking photographs up the skirt of a 13-year-old girl as she shopped at a Target store in suburban Portland, lawyers in the case said Friday.

Washington County Circuit Court Judge Eric Butterfield ruled on Thursday that Patrick Buono did not break the law when he surreptitiously took the pictures of the girl in January 2013, said his defense attorney Mark Lawrence.

“He did not deny it and he feels real bad about it too, by the way,” Lawrence said.

The girl did not notice his actions, Lawrence said, but another woman in the store alerted officials and film from surveillance cameras later confirmed Buono’s act.

The practice of “upskirting” has caused problems for prosecutors in other court cases where there are no laws on the books preventing people from taking unauthorized pictures up the skirts of clothed women in public places.

Prosecutors accused Buono of attempting to engage in criminal conduct and charged him with invasion of privacy and attempted encouraging child sex abuse.

Washington County Deputy District Attorney Paul Maloney said the girl, now 14 and testified against Buono in court, was shocked by the incident. He said he was disappointed by the judge’s decision.

“She’s a great kid,” Maloney said. “She’s got a great family and what she did the other day was really brave and I’m proud of her. I think she’s a mature, young girl and she’s doing the best she can with this.”

Lawrence said he filed for an acquittal in the case because there was no Oregon law that Buono had violated.

Maloney said he thinks lawmakers could provide more clarity, “but it was clear what conduct the defendant engaged in.”

Source: MSN

Why porn is exploding in the Middle East

Why porn is exploding in the Middle East

Data reveal six of the top eight porn-searching countries are Muslim states. It’s not as surprising as it sounds

The world is a big place, and cultural gaps are vast. But there are a few things that connect people across borders. Some people argue food is the best glue while others say it’s education. But there’s a new contestant: online porn.

Porn is being made and watched in the Middle East, and millions more are watching it around the planet. In fact, some of the world’s top porn consumers come out of the Middle East. According to data released by Google, six of the top eight porn-searching countries are Muslim states. Pakistan tops the list at number one, followed by Egypt at number two. Iran, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Turkey come in at numbers four, five, seven and eight, respectively. Pakistan leads the way in porn searches for animals like pigs, donkeys, dogs, cats and snakes.

According to research put out by PornMD, the terms “creamy squirt,” “blowjob” and even “Kendra Wilkinson” (Hugh Hefner’s former girlfriend) appear on the top 10 most-searched terms coming out of countries like Iraq, Syria and Iran. The word “Arab” is the number-one searched porn term in Egypt, Iran and Syria. Some get a little creepier. “Pain” lands at Iraq’s fourth most-searched term, while “father daughter” and “brother sister” come in at numbers four and five for Syria. Both the words “mother” and “mom” appear on Egypt’s top 10 list.

The specifics are representative of a broader change taking place in a society all but defined by extreme “moral” standards. The fact that porn trends within the region can even be tracked is impressive, given that the sale of erotic material is banned in nearly every Arab country except Lebanon and Turkey.

In 2009, Iraq’s government moved ahead with new censorship laws, prohibiting material deemed harmful to the public. Taher Naser al-Hmood, the country’s cultural minister, claimed, “Our Constitution respects freedom of thought and freedom of expression, but that should come with respect for society as a whole, and for moral behavior. It is not easy to balance security and democracy. It is like being a tightrope walker.”

Ahmed Mohammed Raouf, chief engineer for the State Company for Internet Services, told the New York Times, “I don’t want to stop a person from seeing a certain thing, but I also want to protect society.”

More recently, the Saudi Arabian government announced that it had hacked and disabled about 9,000 Twitter accounts associated with the publication of pornography and arrested many of the handles’ owners. The move was organized by the Commission for the Promotion and Prevention of Vice, also known as Haia, the Saudi religious police.

The good news for porn fans in the region is that a lot of these restrictions seem fairly easy to overcome. It’s not uncommon to find vendors lining the streets armed with pornographic videos. Nor is it rare to find young men hanging around popular shopping centers, selling cards to disable Internet blocks.

Meet the Stars

Mia Khalifa, a 21-year-old Muslim American born in Lebanon, has just been voted the “Number 1 Porn Star” on Pornhub, a free website that is the 73rd most popular site on the Internet, according to analytics company Alexa. Khalifa moved to the United States at the age of 10 with her family. Corey Price, vice president of PornHub, told Buzzfeed that the site has seen more than 750,000 searches for Khalifa since Saturday.

Khalifa plays up her Muslim heritage in her movies, sometimes wearing a hijab and sporting heavy eyeliner to emphasize her “exotic” look. The raw sexuality of Khalifa’s work literally strips away common western stereotypes of Muslim women. In his piece, “In Praise of Vulgarity” Charles Paul Freund argues, “Broad-based culture, popular and vulgar, is far from being a mere distraction or a source of self-absorption. As Islamists have learned, it can function as a bulwark against coercion. More than that, it can even be a means of democratic resort.”

But then there are those in the opposing court. NOW Lebanon’s Juliana Yazbeck wrote, “For someone who has struggled so much to assert their presence as a human being with a working, thinking brain, I cannot deny that I felt a pang of despair when Mia erupted across social media and entertainment news. It never even crossed my mind to think, ‘She doesn’t have the right.’ What did cross my mind was: Really? Of the very few Lebanese women who are making global headlines, it had to be a porn star?”

Yazbeck’s response was fairly mild compared to other more extreme protesters. Many conservative Muslims have targeted Khalifa via Twitter, writing things like, “@miakhalifa You do realize that you’ll be the first person in Hellfire right?” Another user posted a manipulated image of an Isis militant holding Khalifa’s decapitated head.

And she’s not alone. After Sila Sahin, a Turkish-German actress, posed nude for the German edition of Playboy, she received a slew of criticism. Threads on Islamic websites read, “She must pay” and “She needs to be careful.” One user wrote, “I would kill her. I really mean that. That doesn’t fit with my culture.”

Is this a sex problem? Or is it a porn problem? Or is it just another hiccup in the long, thorny path to gender equality? Women are given center-stage in a lot of pornography, after all. Maybe some in the Middle East aren’t interested in seeing that happen. Or maybe they feel that sex should be restricted to a more private and procreative space. Many Muslim states declare that cemented social morals should not be violated. The data out there, however, suggest their public may feel otherwise.

Source: Salon

Squirting Is Just Peeing, Say Scientists

On December 24, a group of French scientists published what is probably the first medical-journal article on squirting. They gave pelvic ultrasound scans to seven women who previously reported emitting about a cup full of liquid (!) when they had sex. By administering the scans after the women peed, and then twice during sexual stimulation, they were able to conclude exactly where the liquid was coming from and what it consisted of—and, spoiler alert, it was pee.

There have been plenty of studies done on female ejaculation, this is the first one, as far as I can tell, to specifically explore women who expel great gushing quantities of fluid when sex is happening. Since at least the 80s, however, there’s been a lot of debate around whether or not women ejaculate at all, or if any instance of it is just an adult version of bedwetting.

It should be noted that there are papers that say, yeah, there is something that comes out of vaginas during sex that definitely isn’t urine. (It’s supposedly liquid from the “female prostate.”) But in this specific study—the first to focus on women who soak the sheets—the answer is nah. “The present data based on ultrasonographic bladder monitoring and biochemical analyses indicate that squirting is essentially the involuntary emission of urine during sexual activity, although a marginal contribution of prostatic secretions to the emitted fluid often exists,” is how the researchers put it.

For a debate that can essentially, and crudely, be boiled down to “cum or piss?” it’s surprisingly fraught with important implications. Some feminists say that reducing the physical manifestations of their orgasms to urine diminishes the importance of female pleasure during sex. Other feminists say the opposite: Claiming it’s more than urine perpetuates a male fantasy.

In recent months, this uncertainty has even given ammunition to censors in the UK, where squirting was one of a number of practices that was banned in porn . Because no one could say definitively whether it was piss, government busybodies were apparently bound to assume it fell under the category of urolagnia, which is considered obscene.

One thing that’s for sure, though, is that people love watching it. Mike Williams, who works for PornHub’s communication team, told me it’s the seventh most searched term worldwide.

But why? Justin Lehmiller, who edits the popular blog Sex and Psychology, has a couple of theories. “It probably stems from a desire to know that the woman enjoyed herself and was sexually satisfied,” he told me. “A lot of guys actually care about this and they want to know the sex was mutually enjoyable.” He also adds that it’s just as likely an ego thing, or a validation of masculinity.

As for the “do ladies ejaculate or is it just pee?” debate, I’m sure there’ll be more to, uh, come.

Source: Vice

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